NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When a pet goes missing, it can sometimes turn up. Usually that’s a source of great delight.

A Park Slope woman who discovered a missing pet snake, however, had a slightly different reaction last Friday night.

The incident took place on Fifth Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Brooklyn.

“I’m coming home, up the stairs, and the last steps to my apartment… there was something black on the floor, I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was a toy,” Minerva Fernandez told 1010 WINS. “I screamed, and the lady from the top floor came running down, and said ‘What happened.’ I asked ‘What is that?’ She said ‘A snake.’ I go ‘A snake, oh my god!’ I started screaming, because I am terrified of snakes.”

Fernandez said she has a lifelong fear of snakes, so she hid in a closet and called 911, 1010 WINS reported.

“I was very happy that they took it away, I didn’t want it to go somewhere else and disappear, or come inside my apartment,” Fernandez said.

Responding officers recovered the snake and Tweeted out photos of it. They also hung fliers in the neighborhood.

It turns out the snake, named Flame, was a pet belonging to Fernandez’s neighbors. It went missing three months ago and has since been reunited with its owners.



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